Friday, March 21, 2008

Loan, Loaned, Lent

Lent is done. This final week has been good - the sacramental life has been my discipline of engagement - I tried to do my piece of art for Stations of the Cross, with this in mind. I made a cup of suffering. Its OK. Some say it looks like something off a Hellraiser movie - if does have some little sharp bits sticking out of it...

Abstinence has been a little challenged over the last few weeks by being very busy and particularly being out of Auckland for some extended periods for the national church. Also its a bit of a community-focused season for us, with 300 people showing up to our Easter Egg Hunt last weekend and a Stations exhibition plus 3 services this Easter weekend. So far I managed to throw wax all over me from a candle. There are some awesome exhibits. That makes it sound like me throwing wax is an exhibit!

But for those interested I did stay the course. The biggest thing was the way my attitude to food has changed. It is truly an amazing thing to sort out all the little lies you tell yourself. I'm beginning to see other areas which are the same.

I made the 10kg goal. Actually it was 12.1kg (27lbs). I'm gonna stay with it for a while longer and go to at least 15kg. I still seem a little fat for my weight, so we'll see what exercise adds to the picture. Nice side benefit.

4 comments:

Rhett said...

The wax thing...

I just thought it was a very interesting shirt pattern!

Rhett said...

We need an update! And while you're at it you can FINALLY update the link to my blog.

Karen said...

Thanks for the update, Brett.

I'd be interested to hear more of what you mean by "all the little lies we tell ourselves." It's interesting to me to realise that some of those things simply don't come to light until something changes...

BJ said...

Rhett - I have updated the link - now you can bask in the increased traffic that will now make its way to your blog. I know its been quiet lately :)

Karen - I guess its human nature to lie to one self. We are actually very good at it. The lies I tell myself are: its OK to eat a lot at the rugby, when the food is free, if you're having lunch with a friend, on Friday nights...before you know it, there's a reason to be a hog at every meal. But there are other lies - more subtle - "I am disappointed by today so I will eat." "I am upset by this person so I will eat." Obviously this exercise was in the food arena, but it made me aware of a bunch of other things as well.